Cast members and creatives from Northern Exposure reunited at the ATX Television Festival in Austin.
Creator / executive producer Joshua Brand was joined on stage by show writers and executive producers Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green along with producer Cheryl Bloch and cast members Rob Morrow, Janine Turner, Cynthia Geary and Adam Arkin.
Northern Exposure ran for five seasons from 1990-1995, winning the Drama Series Emmy in 1992 and three consecutive Golden Globes.
It didn’t take long for talk to turn to a revival for the series.
“We would love it. [Rob Morrow] has been working, trying to get them to do it… I’m sure we all would agree that we’d love to see it,” Brand said, contending that the series could play well in the current TV landscape. “It’s of a time, but it’s also not of a time.”
“The show was like salt and caramel ice cream, which is the best ice cream because it’s sweet and it’s got salt,” Brand said. “The show was buoyant and optimistic, but if you live on the planet, you’ve experienced loss.”
“There was a lot of loss in the show, but it’s not depressing because it’s part of living… it makes you feel something.”
“I would like to see that again on television,” said Brand. “They’ve tried to re-create it and they haven’t been able to and they view it as an anomaly, something that happened, and nobody has been able to do it again, and we know how to do it.”
“It sounds like we all want it to happen,” Geary added. “Darren [Burrows, who played Ed Chigliak on the series] is trying, Rob’s trying, everybody’s trying.”